Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life, Short Story, Essay

  • Term: Fall 2023
  • Start Date: November 13, 2023
  • End Date: December 11, 2023
  • Day of Week: Monday
  • Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm PT
  • Level: Introductory
  • Audience: Adult
  • Location: Online
  • Availability: Yes
  • Public Price: $270.00
  • Member Price: $243.00

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Using Constraints to Stretch Your Creativity

Putting constraints on our writing can feel like a challenge, but sometimes a little pressure is needed to push our writing in a new direction or find language for what seems unspeakable. Drawing on constraints such as lipograms, acrostics, erasures, and collage, we'll discover what happens when we write our way out of tricky restrictions. We'll write together and share initial drafts, and you'll leave with a bounty of new possibilities to explore constraints in your future writing.

Registration dates: 

August 7: Scholarship Donation Day

August 8: Member registration opens at 10:30 am

August 15: General registration opens at 10:30 am

August 21: Last day of Early Bird pricing

Jennifer Perrine

Jennifer Perrine


Jennifer (JP) Perrine is the author of four award-winning books of poetry: Again, The Body Is No Machine, In the Human Zoo, and No Confession, No Mass. Perrine’s recent poems, stories, and essays appear in The Missouri Review, New Letters, The Seventh Wave Magazine, Buckman Journal, and The Gay & Lesbian Review. A resident of Portland, Oregon, Perrine co-hosts the Incite: Queer Writers Read series, teaches creative writing to youth and adults, and serves as a wilderness guide.